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NG-PON2: The Case for 5G Trumps Lackluster Equipment Volumes
Alison’s Wonderland  
7/19/2018   1 comment
Chinese telcos won't buy enough NG-PON2 to drive down volume costs. But does that matter, considering the role the next-gen optical technology's going to play in 5G and service provider infrastructure?
ADTRAN Feels Those New Customer Good Vibrations
Alison Diana  
7/18/2018   2 comments
ADTRAN saw most sales grow and costs drop this quarter compared to the first three months of 2018, and that's not the only good news CEO and President Tom Stanton shared with analysts today.
Just Connect, Already
Alison’s Wonderland  
7/17/2018   5 comments
New study sponsored by Internet Innovation Alliance finds almost no difference in how people prefer to connect to Internet – via wireless or wireline.
Investor Funds Rural Provider's FTTH Deployment & Pensions
Alison Diana  
7/16/2018   1 comment
County Broadband, 10-year-old former WISP that focused on fixed wireless, now concentrates solely on gigabit fiber, courtesy of a £46 million infusion from Aviva Investors – and the financial firm's desire to find a long-term investment vehicle to fund clients' pensions.
One Day, Two New Paths to Accelerate Fiber Rollout
Alison Diana  
7/13/2018   2 comments
On July 12, the FCC said it will discuss one-touch make-ready at its August general meeting. That same day, Clearfield announced general availability of a common fiber distribution panel designed for use in every fiber deployment.
Securing Smart Homes Is Huge, Often Ignored, Opportunity
Alison Diana  
7/11/2018   11 comments
Total global spending on IoT cybersecurity solutions will reach more than $6 billion by 2023, and some of that money is going toward smart home security, a new Jupiter Research report finds.
Global Broadband Speeds Accelerate, but Not Everyone Can Celebrate
Alison Diana  
7/10/2018   2 comments
Fiber deployments fueled an average 23% increase year-over-year in global broadband speed, but some regions fell further behind with few signs of ever catching up.
Diamonds Are the Net's Best Friend?
Alison Diana  
7/10/2018   5 comments
An artificial diamond's ability to store quantum data could, one day, make it the foundation for an extremely secure, quantum Internet that connects high-speed computers around the globe.
World Cup Sends OTT Demand Into OT
Alison’s Wonderland  
7/9/2018   2 comments
The last time England won the World Cup, a ragged bunch of lads from Liverpool was about to invade America. Teenage girls watched the fab four on wood-framed televisions and shared their thoughts on Princess phones.
Microsoft & Partners Fill Rural Divide With White Spaces Broadband
Alison Diana  
7/6/2018   3 comments
Using TV white spaces antennae, Microsoft, partners like Radwin and service providers say they can serve rural customers and bridge the digital divide.
Orange Romania Chews Over FWA Business Case for 5G
Iain Morris  
7/5/2018   5 comments
Happy with 5G fixed wireless broadband trials in Transylvania, Orange is now trying to figure out if there is a business case for an investment.
IIoT + SMBs Spells Operator Opportunity
Alison Diana  
7/5/2018   2 comments
Global spending on the Industrial Internet of Things will reach $91.4 billion by 2023 and that's great news for operators focused on technologies, services and resources for SMBs in verticals such as healthcare, agriculture and manufacturing that need both high-speed broadband and IIoT solutions.
Cincinnati Telecom Seals Deal on Hawaii's Treasures: Fiber, Cloud, IT
Alison Diana  
7/3/2018   5 comments
The purchase, announced one year ago, accelerates Cincinnati Bell's strategy to expand its high-speed, high-bandwidth fiber optic network while building a complementary IT solutions and cloud services business.
Huawei's Continuous Innovation in Ultra-Broadband Transmission
Partner Perspectives  
7/2/2018   1 comment
Zhuhong Zhang, technical vice president and chief expert of Channel Algorithm, Network Product Line at Huawei, discusses the vendor's many historic and future optical network advances and technology investments.
Comcast Out, Weekend In
Alison Diana  
6/29/2018   49 comments
A fiber cut by a contractor created a Comcast outage impacting business and residential Internet, video and voice customers around the US and, potentially, other operators, the giant provider said on Friday afternoon. Bad news for profits, good news perhaps for local watering holes.
AT&T Expands Fiber & 5G Pilot Footprint
Alison Diana  
6/29/2018   20 comments
The operator launched full-fiber ultra-fast broadband and a fixed-mobile 5G trial in South Bend, Ind., bringing it up to 71 total metro regions nationwide, with plans to introduce mobile 5G services to 12 US cities by year-end.
Orange, AT&T Open Source Work Accelerates Optical Interoperability
Alison Diana  
6/28/2018   13 comments
Through their TransportPCE partnership, Orange and AT&T demonstrated an end-to-end path crossing network elements from different suppliers on a Proof of Concept (PoC) Platform in Orange Labs.
Sensing New Fiber Optic Opportunities
Fiber Broadband Association  
6/26/2018   30 comments
In this month's column, Fiber Broadband Association President and CEO Heather Burnett Gold discusses how fiber optic sensing could reinvent business, government and personal lives — from early prediction of earthquakes and tsunamis to protecting the border, the environment and critical infrastructure.
NTT's PON Demo Cuts 5G & FTTH Latency
Alison Diana  
6/25/2018   4 comments
At Broadband Forum's second-quarter meeting, NTT demonstrated how Dynamic Broadband Allocation (DBA) software could optimize a future OLT and significantly reduce latency for 5G and FTTH.
High-Speed Broadband Blasting Through EU
Alison Diana  
6/25/2018   7 comments
About 80.1% of Europeans now have access to next-generation networks for broadband access, according to the latest annual report by IHS Markit and Point Topic for the European Commission in the countdown to 2020.
Google in 'The Case of the Minimal Microtrenching'
Alison Diana  
6/22/2018   46 comments
Savings money on micro trenching doesn't count if you have to come back and pay to repave neighborhood streets and replace fiber damaged by road construction.
Sprint CTO: Rural Ripe for Disruption With Fixed Wireless
Alison Diana  
6/21/2018   28 comments
Using fixed wireless, a merged Sprint/T-Mobile could reach about 85% of those the FCC defines as unserved and underserved rural customers, Sprint Chief Technology Officer John Saw told attendees at the Wells Fargo 5G Forum in New York on Thursday.
Operators Win Smart City Hearts With Mix of Broadband Techs
Alison Diana  
6/20/2018   25 comments
To bridge metro areas' digital divides, some cities are mandating coverage areas for operators – but providers have an array of technologies from which to choose.
ADTRAN Leads ONF's Future Open Network Plan
Alison Diana  
6/19/2018   1 comment
ADTRAN is now an Open Networking Foundation supply chain partner and strategic advisory board member, placing the vendor at the forefront of ONF's development of a new reference design process for future networks.
MobiTV Aims to Arm Broadband Providers With Live, Streaming Pay-TV
Alison Diana  
6/18/2018   4 comments
MobiTV will launch MobiTV Connect in July, a multi-tenant managed streaming service that already boasts delivery rights from more than 210 major networks and 35 service provider customers, says MobiTV CEO Charlie Nooney.
Cut Costs, Not Driveways, With Reverse-Powered Fiber-to-the-Curb
Alison Diana  
6/18/2018   18 comments
Australian wholesaler nbn eliminates costly and disruptive trenching of homeowners' driveways by using copper to deliver last-mile connectivity from sidewalk-based Distribution Point Units (DPUs) to subscribers.
China's Telcos Spark PON Revenue Rebound
Alison Diana  
6/14/2018   4 comments
After five consecutive quarters of decline, overall PON revenue rebounded in the first quarter of 2018 thanks to Chinese demand for high-speed broadband, Dell'Oro reports.
Radio: ADTRAN Exec on Tooling Up for MDUs
Alison Diana  
6/12/2018   3 comments
Join us on Tuesday, June 19, at 11:00 a.m. EDT, when Kurt Raaflaub, head of Strategic Solutions Marketing at ADTRAN, discusses how operators can use an array of tools to woo and win lucrative multi-dwelling unit contracts — a growing market around the world.
Open Source Is Reshaping SDOs
Carol Wilson  
6/12/2018   1 comment
ONAP's Beijing release is proof positive that standards development organizations are moving at the pace and in the manner of open source.
The Dumb Side of DIY Smart Homes
Alison’s Wonderland  
6/11/2018   42 comments
More consumers want do-it-yourself smart home devices. But that approach defeats the whole purpose of smart homes – spending more time with family and getting out of household chores.
Open Line Systems Gather Momentum
Adrian Pennington  
6/11/2018   1 comment
The trend toward disaggregation and open optical networking is starting to impact the broader communications equipment market.
BT CEO Gavin Patterson Let Go by Board
Alison Diana  
6/8/2018   13 comments
The board will replace current CEO Gavin Patterson this year, seeking a change of leadership to deliver BT's new strategy that shapes BT as a customer-centric, agile and lean provider of global managed services.
BT & Cisco SD-WAN: An Enterprise's Best Friends?
Alison Diana  
6/7/2018   2 comments
British telco giant unveils BT Connect Cisco SD-WAN, a global managed services offering targeted at enterprises, that aligns with BT's goals to deliver more revenue-rich solutions that integrate SDN, virtualization and other BT capabilities.
Bluesky's Mile-High 3D View Saves Wireless, Fiber Deployment Time & Costs
Alison Diana  
6/6/2018   14 comments
A growing number of British service providers are starting to use Bluesky's aerial images, coupled with Esri's spatial analytics, to get three-dimensional insight that helps accelerate broadband and wireless deployment plans, thereby cutting costs and enhancing services.
Multi-Use Satellite RFP on Near Horizon for SES Networks
Alison Diana  
6/5/2018   9 comments
SES Networks is on a journey to launch a satellite that can be used for multiple communications needs, the service provider disclosed during a press event at Exploration Tower in Cape Canaveral, Fla., near SpaceX's launch pad and barge (pictured).
California Lawmakers Embrace Strong Net Neutrality Rules
Alan Breznick  
6/4/2018   7 comments
The California State Senate easily passed a strong net neutrality bill last week, sending the bill to State Assembly and likely touching off yet another legal battle with the feds.
MEF's SD-WAN Definition Push Speaks to Broadband Providers
Alison Diana  
6/1/2018   3 comments
Some of the latest MEF 3.0 initiatives, including SD-WAN orchestration integration and definitions, should help broadband providers become SD-WAN managed service providers, an option in growing demand from enterprise and government customers.
Over-the-Top Trend Is a Fiber Opportunity
Fiber Broadband Association  
5/31/2018   15 comments
OTT services depend on reliable, high-speed, low latency Internet connections and the ability to consume an immense amount of data, and fiber leads all other access technologies in delivering each of these capabilities, writes Heather Burnett Gold, president and CEO of the Fiber Broadband Association, in this month's blog.
Epsilon: From Coal Shed to Cloud
Alison’s Wonderland  
5/30/2018   9 comments
Epsilon has taken the best of system integrators' lessons and applied them to its telco model, empowering the wholesale service provider to upgrade its global network to 100Gbit/s and leave its coal-shed history far, far behind, says Jerzy Szlosarek, Epsilon CEO.
BBWF Announces 'Broadband Oscars' Categories
Niall Hunt  
5/30/2018   4 comments
This year's Broadband World Forum includes 13 categories in its annual Broadband Awards, described as the 'Broadband Oscars' by Portfolio Director Heather James.
Telefónica Preps a Central Office Reboot
Ray Le Maistre  
5/29/2018   14 comments
Spanish giant is ready to start converting some of its central offices into edge data center facilities that house disaggregated broadband access tech.
Cable's New Game Plan: More Fiber & DOCSIS 3.1
Alan Breznick  
5/29/2018   7 comments
In BBWN's latest poll about the cable industry's next-gen tech plans, constructing new FTTH networks scored as the top priority, followed closely by rolling out D3.1 and gigabit speeds.
Pay-TV Partnerships Could Ease OTT Overload
Alison Diana  
5/25/2018   49 comments
With more than 200 OTT services now available and a growing number of households equipped with high-speed broadband, US consumers face video-choice meltdown, and that could generate opportunities for savvy cablecos.
BT's Converged Network Powers New Fiber-Based Services
Alison Diana  
5/24/2018   24 comments
The British telco unveiled BT Plus, a plan that provides customers with the fastest-available unlimited fiber-based connection available in their region and a free upgrade to 4G mobile services.
Chinese Carrier Plans Could Sway Worldwide PON Pricing
Alison Diana  
5/23/2018   14 comments
Now that they've met cities' broadband needs, Chinese carriers face bigger challenges when they extend to rural and suburban regions, challenges they will face using XG-PON and XGS-PON, not NG-PON2, Dell'Oro Senior Analyst Alam Tamboli learned on a recent trip to China.
Cox's Finkelstein: On Advanced Tech, DOCSIS 4 & More
Alison Diana  
5/22/2018   5 comments
Jeff Finkelstein, executive director of Advanced Technology at Cox Communications, is BBWN Radio's guest on May 24 at 1PM ET/10AM PT/6PM BST. During the show, he'll discuss network innovation, digital transformation and defining DOCSIS' future.
Polish Pay-TV Provider Tunes Deeper Into Telco Business
Alison Diana  
5/22/2018   16 comments
With its acquisition of Netia, Polish pay-TV provider Cyfrowy Polsat gains access to 1 million customers and miles of fiber for its DOCSIS and FTTH deployment plans.
Nokia Brings Smart Villages & Hope to Rural India
Alison Diana  
5/18/2018   35 comments
In keeping with the nation's ambitious Digital India project that seeks to reduce the digital divide and increase the digital economy, Nokia and non-profit service provider partner Digital Empowerment Foundation will create 500 smart villages across the nation.
In Quality We Trust: Operators Try to Reverse CX Trend
Alison Diana  
5/17/2018   47 comments
US companies lose $75 billion annually to poor customer experience — and operators are using technologies to decrease the amount they're responsible for.
BT: One Converged Network Puts Consumers First
Alison Diana  
5/16/2018   12 comments
BT, which has come under fire for its subscriber experience record, today unveiled a new consumer division and plan to converge residential broadband, mobile and WiFi networks.
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Chinese telcos won't buy enough NG-PON2 to drive down volume costs. But does that matter, considering the role the next-gen optical technology's going to play in 5G and service provider infrastructure?
ADTRAN saw most sales grow and costs drop this quarter compared to the first three months of 2018, and that's not the only good news CEO and President Tom Stanton shared with analysts today.
New study sponsored by Internet Innovation Alliance finds almost no difference in how people prefer to connect to Internet – via wireless or wireline.
County Broadband, 10-year-old former WISP that focused on fixed wireless, now concentrates solely on gigabit fiber, courtesy of a £46 million infusion from Aviva Investors – and the financial firm's desire to find a long-term investment vehicle to fund clients' pensions.
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